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KIRKUK, IRAQ: Peshmerga relax, exchanging stories about a recent battle, in the evening at Maktabi Khalid Peshmerga base on the outskirts of Kirkuk.<br />
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Peshmerga are the Kurdish military forces. Those based at Maktabi Khalid play both support and combat roles in the conflict with Sunni militants led by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, who recently took all but 50km of the territory that borders the semi-autonomous region of Iraq Kurdistan.<br />
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Credit: Hawre Khalid/Metrography